When Blue Ribbon announced that they'd be taking over the old Fat Cow space in the Grove, New Yorkers and even Vegas fans jumped for joy. The popular late night spot from SoHo has finally managed to find its way to Los Angeles. Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg lead the charge for the 180 seat restaurant, with both outdoor seating by the faux-lake and an expansive interior. When it opens on July 7, it should help energize the food offerings at The Grove, which have traditionally been predictable.
The bulk of the menu is based on chef Toshi Ueki's pristine sushi, which uses about 30 different kinds of fish (separated by West Coast and East Coast), plus a slew of daily specials that change based on whatever the chef wants to cook up. And then there's the kitchen, which is more of the Brombergs' domain, whereupon everything from their famous fried chicken with wasabi honey to oxtail fried rice with daikon, shiitake and bone marrow will be prepared.
The minimalist design from Asfour Guzy Architects is classic Blue Ribbon, though this look does get to feature some natural light for once, since the other spots are either underground or tucked deep into a Vegas resort. The warm hardwood furniture and fixtures are made with beautiful cherry or walnut, with the chairs produced locally by an artisan woodworker. The back room is a bit more classic Blue Ribbon, with backlit screen walls and a more intimate setting.
To drink, there will be over 70 different kinds of sake, wines, Asian beers, and cocktails. When it opens, Blue Ribbon will serve Sunday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a 1 a.m. closure on weekends. Finally, a pro tip: valet service will be available along Third Street, with a back door entrance (complete with street art by Sush Machida) that'll make you feel Henry Hill in Goodfellas.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036